Newgarden leads Mid-Ohio practice by healthy margin

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Credit: NTT Indycar Series

Opening practice at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course saw Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden comfortably top the times as he goes in search of his first win of the 2021 NTT Indycar Series.

The Nashville, Tennessee native saw a dominant victory snatched away from his grasp at Road America last time out as his Penske Chevrolet developed a problem on the last restart with under five laps to go, just one race since he was overtaken late on by Pato O’Ward for the win in Detroit.

O’Ward himself was also quick but he was a quarter of a second of Newgarden’s table-topping time for Arrow McLaren SP to give Chevrolet a one-two although there was a swarm of Honda’s behind them.

Leading the Honda contingent was Jack Harvey who continuously proves how the little guys can mix it at the front with Meyer Shank Racing, but he is yet to win in Indycar despite many strong performances on road courses.

Alexander Rossi has had something of a nothing season so far so he will desperately want a good weekend and he started well in fourth ahead of Graham Rahal and Romain Grosjean.

Scott Dixon has been fairly anonymous compared to his usual self this year but he still finds himself right in the title fight as he ended practice seventh, ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou in ninth.

Sebastien Bourdais split the pair for A.J Foyt Enterprises while James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top ten for Andretti Autosport. Felix Rosenqvist and Rinus VeeKay were both cleared to race after injuries and they finished practice 13th and 18th respectively.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Josef NewgardenTeam Penske1:07:252
2Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP1:07:505
3Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing1:07:584
4Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport1:07:724
5Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan1:07:756
6Romain GrosjeanDale Coyne Racing1:07:758
7Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing1:07:765
8Sebastien BourdaisA.J Foyt Enterprises1:07:771
9Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing1:07:795
10James HinchcliffeAndretti Autosport1:07:822
11Will PowerTeam Penske1:07:886
12Simon PagenaudTeam Penske1:08:004
13Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP1:08:026
14Colton HertaAndretti Autosport1:08:033
15Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport1:08:074
16Scott McLaughlinTeam Penske1:08:156
17Conor DalyEd Carpenter Racing1:08:231
18Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter Racing1:08:236
19Max ChiltonCarlin1:08:310
20Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing1:08:352
21Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing1:08:410
22Ryan NormanDale Coyne Racing1:08:812
23Dalton KellettA.J Foyt Enterprises1:09:069
24Santino FerrucciRahal Letterman Lanigan1:09:097
25Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan1:09:682
26Jimmie JohnsonChip Ganassi Racing1:09:816
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